Sanctity has to take place in the world and change the world because what is a structure of sin must fall apart. The goal is not a theonomy or a Christendom; it is Christ, God-man. The changed world will not be clerical but secular with the secularity of Christ who is fully and perfectly man.
This is a necessary corollary from Colossians 1, 15-20: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. For in him were created all things in the heavens and on the earth, … All things have been created through and unto him, and he is before all creatures, and in him all things hold together…For it has pleased God the Father that in him all his fullness should dwell, and that through him he should reconcile to himself all things whether on the earth or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of his cross.”
Robert Barron expatiated: “Individuals, societies, cultures, animals, plants, planets and the stars – all will be drawn into an eschatological harmony through him. Mind you, Jesus is not merely the symbol of an intelligibility, coherence, and reconciliation that can exist apart from him; rather, he is the active and indispensable means by which these realities come to be. This Jesus, in short, is the all-embracing, all-incuding, all-reconciling Lord of whatever is to be found in the dimensions of time and space.”
How could it be otherwise if the God-man Jesus Christs is the prototype of everyman. For “Adam, the first man, was a figure of Him Who was to come,(20) namely Christ the Lord. Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. It is not surprising, then, that in Him all the aforementioned truths find their root and attain their crown” (Gaudium et spes #22).
He Who is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15-21) is Himself the perfect man. To the sons of Adam He restores the divine likeness which had been disfigured from the first sin onward. Since human nature as He assumed it was not annulled,(22) by that very fact it has been raised up to a divine dignity in our respect too. For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man. He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice(23) and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin.(24).
Further, this means that every truly human society derives from the dynamic that is the very Person of the Jesus Christ such that each person “cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” (Gaudium et Spes #24).
In the light of that, it fits to say with St. Josemaria Escriva:
Friday, July 8, 2016
|“…It has taken Christians a long time to be able to see the Gospel in a fully historic, social, and political context; although this is clearly God’s concern, starting with the Book of Exodus. Truly transformed people change the world; while fundamentally unchanged people soon conform to the world (see Romans 12:2). Culture will win out every time, if it is not also critiqued. Politicians normally prefer an unaware and superficial populace.
Dorothy Day put it even more strongly: “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.”  As long as we unquestioningly buy into the egoic system, where the roots of our narcissism often lie hidden, we’re going to have problems. If we think we can say our private prayers and still genuflect before the self-perpetuating, unjust systems of this world, our conversion will not go very deep or last very long. There is no one more radical than a real person of prayer because they are not beholden to any ideology or economic system; their identity and motivation is found only in God, not in the pay-offs of “mammon.” Both church and state are threatened by true mystics. Such enlightened people can’t be bought off or manipulated, because their rewards are always elsewhere.
Most of us need to have the status quo shaken now and then, leaving us off balance and askew, feeling alienated for a while from our usual unquestioned loyalties. In this uncomfortable space, we can finally recognize the much larger kingdom of God. Many churches don’t seem to understand this, even flying the national flag in the sanctuary. After authentic conversion, our old “country” no longer holds any ultimate position. We can’t worship it as we were once trained to do.
This pattern of temporary falling apart precedes every transition to a new level of faith, hope, and love. If one is not prepared to live in temporary chaos and to hold the necessary anxiety that chaos entails, one never moves into a Bigger World. Notice that almost every theophany (revelation of God) begins with the same warning: “Do not be afraid.” Fear is an entirely predictable response to any God encounter, because any authentic experience of the Absolute relativizes everything else. God is actually quite wild and dangerous, but we domesticated divine experience so much that a vast majority of people have left the search entirely, finding most religious people to be fearful conformists instead of adventurous seekers of Love and Mystery.